Visualization Inspiration from TED2014 Imax filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg

EnSight’s theme is “seeing the previously unseen” and we share a passion for helping others see the world for new insights.

At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film
titled “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” which slows down, speeds up,
and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature. This is amazing
photography and brilliantly explained.

Please share with us the images and movies you’ve made with EnSight and we’ll share them with the EnSight community. Lets inspire each other.

Running EnSight between two indirectly connected computers

You might find this helpful for running EnSight between two computers where there isn’t a direct connection between the two but instead you have to go through an intermediate computer that doesn’t have EnSight installed.  This was asked by one of our customers.

Assume that you have a computer that you want to run the Client on and it’s name is ‘home’ and you want to run the Server on computer ‘cluster’.  To get from ‘home’ to ‘cluster’ you have to log into ‘frontend’.  There’s not a direct network connection between ‘home’ and ‘cluster’.

Do the following:

On ‘home’ create the file ~/.ssh/config and put in it:

Host cluster
User your_user_name_on_cluster
ProxyCommand ssh frontend -W %h:%p

To test the network connection from ‘home’ to ‘cluster’ type the following in a window on ‘home’:

ssh cluster

You should now be logged into ‘cluster’.

To start EnSight, using CEIShell of course, do on ‘home’:



Setting it up to work with CEIStart should be straight forward.  I’ll probably add a prototype for that.

Note that there’s nothing special about port 6789. You should be able to use any port number greater than 1024.
Note, all of this assumes that you have your ssh identity keys copied correctly for ssh so that passwordless authentication and login happens automatically. If you don’t, you’re going to get prompted for passwords left and right.

EnSight, easier Palette Editing Options

We’ve added three right click options related to EnSight palette editing. This is available in EnSight 10.1.2(a) or later.

1. Right click on the Legend and Edit the Palette. Right-click on Legend > Palette > Edit Palette

2. We’ve also added right click on Legend > Palette > Set Range to Part Min/Max which will set the min and max using the elements from the selected parts that are on the client.

3. Legend > Palette > Set Range to Viewport Min/Max which will set the min and max using the visible elements on the client in the selected viewport.

Please watch the movie to see examples of all of these.


EnSight 10.1 Slideshow

We are very pleased to announce the newest version of EnSight 10.1. This version is the first major new release in over a year. There are a dramatic number of new features, improved usability, and better support for spheres/particles and polyhedrals. Plotting has been made easier, and EnSight’s unique capability to handle multiple cases has been enhanced and made much easier to use. For those using python for scripting will like the added support for right-click commands.

Go to the main EnSight 10.1 page for more details.

DAFUL Post-processing using EnSight

Can your forklift design handle the loads specified by the market? Turning to FEA and MBD software can help answer the question without first using costly prototypes.

The animation below shows Daful post-processing with EnSight.

Daful is multi-body dynamic (MBD) software from VirtualMotion of Korea. They made an interface with EnSight recently and we used it to make this animation for their user conference. We look forward to serving the Daful user community with excellent post-processing from EnSight. Competitors to Daful would be for example Adams from MSC.Software.